Friday, December 03, 2004


Political movement in the Middle East?

I really don't talk about Arab-Israeli relationships a lot because there is a lot of wrong done by all parties, it's complicated, multigenerational, manipulated by many left and right, and becomes a scapegoat for whatever particular bee is in someone's bonnet far more often than is helpful. I honestly wish all involved a just, equitable settlement, and pray for an end to the tit-for-tat blood feud that doesn't seem to go anywhere. I grieve for those injured on all sides. And I don't want, by accident, to add any oil to that fire.

But then I saw this news story on Yahoo News:

RAMALLAH, West Bank - In an apparent change in long-standing policy, a top Hamas leader said Friday the militant group would accept the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (news - web sites) as well as a long-term truce with Israel.

Hamas' statement came as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (news - web sites) described Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) as the Palestinians' best chance for peace.

Mubarak's comments could mean warming relations between Israel and an important Mideast peace mediator at a crucial time. It was a marked departure from past comments from Mubarak and other Egyptian officials blaming Sharon for the escalation of violence in the territories.

"I think if they (Palestinians) can't achieve progress in the time of the current (Israeli) prime minister, it will be very difficult to make any progress in peace," Mubarak told reporters.

From their lips to God's ears.

I only post on this issue once in a while also. But I often reflect on what a wonderful vacation destination Israel/Palestine would be if they had peace.

Christmas in Bethlehem, anyone?
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